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Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Email Nazi's Favorite Article of the Year

Those of you who know me from my earlier days at CCCOnline know that I tend to be a bit of a fanatic about email. . .particularly what I consider poor use of email. Many of us get hundreds of emails a day, requiring a great deal of time to process.

The ProfHacker column in today's Chronicle references an Email Charter created by Chris Anderson of TED. This charter presents 10 rules designed to reduce the time we spend dealing with email. I'm making an end-of-year resolution to adopt these rules!

Some of these rules are simply a condensed version of business writing 101. . .be clear, be concise, make it easy for your recipient to respond. Others are geared specifically toward email communication, such as avoiding logos or signatures in your emails that appear as attachments to your recipients, or using the subject line for your entire message.

Rule #9 is probably my biggest failing. I always feel like I need to send that response that simply says, "Thanks!" So from this point forward, please understand that I DO thank you for whatever it is you did for me or responded to in a previous message, so I'm not going to clutter up your inbox with an email that says so!

Happy holidays to you all.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Face to Face is For Special Occasions

My thoughts exactly!

There was a time when the only way you could listen to music, watch a play or a sporting event, or attend a class was live and face-to-face, because there were no ways to transmit or record these events electronically. Quite clearly those days are gone and we are the richer for it.
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